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New CFO for POLAR Group

Thomas Raab has already accompanied the POLAR Group as a consultant since July 1, 2022. He will now join the company's management as Chief Financial Officer, effective November 1.

Effective November 1, 2022, the POLAR Group has been able to recruit Thomas Raab as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In addition to Finance with Controlling, Accounting, Financing, Taxes and Legal, he will assume responsibility for Human Resources, Purchasing and IT within the Management Board. In connection with the protective shield proceedings, he is responsible for managing the M&A process vis-à-vis advisors and investors, as well as coordinating with the administrator and the creditors' committee.

"We are pleased to now have Thomas Raab with us as CFO. In particular, his experience in transformations and in the field of mergers & acquisitions is a great support in our current situation," says Michael Wombacher, CEO. In August of this year, the Frankfurt District Court had initiated these court-supervised proceedings at the request of the family-owned company, which produces high-tech machinery for the printing and packaging industry. Delivery bottlenecks recently led to production declines and sales shifts and threatened the company's solvency.

"The Polar and Dienst companies have an impressive history and a lot of future potential. They stand for quality, high service availability and experienced employees among our customers. We can and want to use this as well as our good position in the market to continue to offer our customers the best possible solutions and innovations," said Thomas Raab. Raab was most recently CFO at Syntegon Technology in Crailsheim (formerly Bosch Packaging). He brings many years of international experience as CFO and CEO in medium-sized companies and in corporations such as Bosch Rexroth, Bosch and Siemens and will apply this experience to the Polar Group and its future direction.

 

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DIENST expands sales team

The packaging specialist from Hofheim near Frankfurt has expanded its sales team. Patrick Pollack, who has many years of experience in the packaging industry, will be responsible for southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland since October 2022.

DIENST Verpackungstechnik GmbH supplies 32 different countries internationally, with the focus on the European market. Patrick Pollack, who previously worked for Ishida and Schubert, will in future be responsible for the region of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With his relevant experience and knowledge of the packaging industry, he is an excellent addition to the sales team under Frigyes Borbély.

The Northern Germany region and CIS countries will continue to be looked after by Arnold Lackmann, while Abderrahim Bouizloufa will be responsible for France, Benelux, North Africa and the Middle East. In addition to sales management, Friyges Borbély will be responsible for opening up new international markets. In November of this year, DIENST will be represented at the Gulfood Manufacturing trade fair in Dubai. Within the German Pavilion the company will present itself under the motto "Made in Germany".

Specialist for individual packaging solutions
DIENST Verpackungstechnik GmbH was founded in 1988 and has been part of the POLAR group from Hofheim near Frankfurt since the end of 2011. In its more than 33-year history, the company has developed into an internationally recognized integration partner for packaging lines in the food and non-food sectors. With its four production areas Side Load, Top Load, End of Line and special solutions with customizing, the company automates almost all processes in packaging technology.

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DIENST at food and beverage trade show GulFood in Dubai

"Made in Germany" - this is the brand under which the packaging specialist from Hofheim near Frankfurt is presenting itself as part of the German Pavilion, the official joint stand of German companies.

The GulFood Manufacturing exhibition will be held in Dubai from November 08 to 10, 2022. Up to 26,000 visitors from 150 countries are expected to attend the largest event for food and beverage processing in the Middle East region. The "German Pavilion" is an official joint stand of German com-panies at trade fairs around the world as part of the German government's foreign trade fair program.

"By participating in this important trade fair in the United Arab Emirates, we hope to be able to estab-lish new contacts and customer relationships in that region. Our special know-how as well as our pro-duction, which is completely located in Germany, are a great advantage here. 'Made in Germany' is still an international sign of quality," says Head of Sales Frigyes Borbély.

Specialist for individual solutions
DIENST Packsystems GmbH has been part of the POLAR Group in Hofheim near Frankfurt for over 10 years. Based at the Hofheim plant since 2020, the company designs, develops and implements effi-cient, high-quality and individual packaging solutions for manufacturers from various consumer sec-tors. In addition to horizontal cartoning machines, the product portfolio also includes machines from the Top Load and End of Line sectors. With customer-specific solutions, also for entire packaging lines, DIENST is a recognised partner of leading international producers and major corporations.

 

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Gluten-free frozen pizza, packed with the DIENST P³

The P³ standard cartoner from the packaging specialist from Germany is a successful model. The Appetais company has also recognized this: It invested in the horizontal cartoner for a production line in which gluten-free frozen pizza is manufactured.

The demands and requirements of customers in the food sector are increasing. The gluten-free segment in particular has grown considerably in recent years, and even discount stores now offer foods without gluten. It is not only people with an intolerance or tolerance who are turning to the alternative, even though scientists disagree about the health benefits for those without the disease. More and more gluten-free variants are also making their way onto the shelves of convenience products such as frozen foods. The company Appetais based in Italy has developed a completely new production line for gluten-free frozen pizza. The historic bakery in Genova was converted in 2016 into a facility dedicated exclusively to the production of frozen gluten-free products with AIC certification. There are particularly high hygiene requirements in the production and processing of gluten-free products: The products must not come into contact in any way with conventional cereal products and the gluten protein they contain - even a few crumbs can trigger discomfort in sufferers.
In the fall of 2021, the company invested in a packaging machine from DIENST. "The experience with DIENST was great. In a very complex situation due to the pandemic, the DIENST team was able to respond to the difficulties and proved to be efficient and very cooperative," praises Andrea Camorati, project manager at the Italian producer.

P³ standard cartoner from DIENST is a model of success
Appetais has chosen DIENST as a leading company in the packaging industry, also on the recommendation of consultants. The standard cartoner P³ is often referred to as the "pizza cartoner", and well-known manufacturers of frozen pizza have several of them in their production halls. This is now also the case at Appetais Italia S.p.A. in Genoa. The machine has been in operation there for a good six months and the team is extremely satisfied. "The machine is characterized by high productivity, great efficiency, ease of operation and speed during format changes," reports Andrea Camorati, project manager at the Italian company. With up to 160 cycles per minute, the P³ is a real speed miracle. It also requires little maintenance, is solid and, thanks to its high quality, practically indestructible. As with every other cartoner from DIENST, the surfaces are made of stainless steel. The particularly hygienic, germ-resistant material is an advantage in view of the strict requirements for the production of gluten-free food.

Specialist for individual solutions
DIENST Verpackungstechnik GmbH has been part of the POLAR Group in Hofheim am Taunus for over 10 years. Based at the Hofheim plant since 2020, the company designs, develops and implements efficient, high-quality and individual packaging solutions for manufacturers from various consumer sectors. In addition to horizontal cartoning machines, the product portfolio includes machines from the Top Load and End of Line sectors. Through customized solutions, also for entire packaging lines, DIENST is a recognized partner of internationally leading producers and major corporations.

 

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Hispack in Barcelona - DIENST presents the multi-talent P³

The P³ standard cartoner from DIENST Verpackungstechnik is presented at the packaging, processing and logistics trade fair in Spain. The all-round talent reliably packs various dimensionally stable products. As a series model, the P³ also impresses with short delivery times.

Hispack will take place from 24-27 May at Fira Barcelona in Spain. The DIENST machine will be presented at the Luciano Aguilar stand. In Spain and Portugal, Luciano Aguilar has been the exclusive agent for DIENST for many years.

So far, the standard cartoner P³ has been a great success: "We are very pleased that we have been able to develop and implement individual solutions and extensions for many customers. Follow-up orders confirm the high quality of the product and service and the customer confidence," says Frigyes Borbély, Head of Sales at DIENST. In addition to frozen pizzas, the horizontal cartoner also packs all other dimensionally stable products quickly and easily. With high flexibility in the format range and a cycle speed of 160 products per minute, the machine is a real all-round talent. The P³ can be seen live and in action in Hall 3 at stand E169.

Specialist for individual solutions
DIENST Verpackungssystems GmbH has been part of the POLAR Group in Hofheim am Taunus for over 10 years. Based at the Hofheim plant since 2020, the company designs, develops and implements efficient, high-quality and individual packaging solutions for manufacturers from various consumer sectors. In addition to horizontal cartoning machines, the product portfolio also includes machines from the Top Load and End of Line sectors. With customer-specific solutions, also for entire packaging lines, DIENST is a recognised partner of leading international producers and major corporations.

 

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Frank Mayer
Head of Marketing
Tel.: +49 (0)6192 204-226
E-Mail: frank.mayer@polar-group.org